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For example, when you are a little hungry and you say "I'm starving", or when you are so tired and you say "I'm dying". What do you call these type of expressions? Just exaggerations? I don't know how to explain this better.

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Highly related to this question on A phrase to describe a collection of false exaggerations or even better, possible duplicate of it. –  Gigili Dec 24 '13 at 13:55
    
Sometimes it's just called the Big E, often accompanied by a hand gesture in which the right thumb and forefinger make an arc and the left forefinger bisects it (forming a rough capital E to the viewer). –  bib Dec 24 '13 at 22:23

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This is an example of hyperbole.

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that's what i was looking for –  raygo Dec 24 '13 at 13:53
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And be careful with the pronunciation. It does not sound like "superbowl". –  Ste Dec 24 '13 at 14:14
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Way to go, Jasper. I knew you could do it. –  Robusto Dec 24 '13 at 15:44
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This is the best English.SO answer ever! –  Garrett Albright Dec 24 '13 at 16:46
    
@GarrettAlbright Do meta-comments belong on meta? –  Ex Umbris Dec 24 '13 at 18:25

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